Thank you John and Hasey.
Honestly I am surprised at people I don't even know taking the time to comment on some 16x20 painting by a total unknown like me! I live out in the middle of no where and do have a tendancy to close my self off to the world. I really appreciate it
you are too kind. I went to your blog and you have some excellent pieces there. Honestly, the only difference between you and one of the big names out there is that they started in the field before you.
Painting is hard but one thing that really helped once I got it into my head....
1) Painting is a craft. Someone told me it was like learning to make jewelry. First you have to learn the tools of the trade, get use to using those tools before you can start creating successful original pieces.
I have a sculpture and drawing background for fine art. No real painting. I was pretty good at sculpture but I first had to learn how to use a chisel and train my eyes and hands to work with that material. Painting is the same.
Once I thought of painting this way, it was actually freeing and I was able to set goals that really helped.
My painting right now is okay. It's decent. There's lot of room for improvement but that comes with time. I'm not going to beat myself up over what I can't do right now but at least realize what I can do that seems to work.
Think of painting in terms of learning to make jewelry or refinishing furniture or another similar craft. Really makes the process easier to tackle